7 Ways to Encourage Healthy Eating with Your Child

I am happy to present this guest post about healthy eating by Katleen Brown, a health, beauty and fitness writer. As a parent, I struggle with getting my kids to eat healthy on a regular basis. Personally, I am an advocate of moderation and try to offer my children a varied diet. As my children are getting older, I find that it gets more … [Read more...]

The Kitchen Classroom

Do you have a child that is on a gluten free diet? Do you have a child with special needs? Do you want to boost your child's developmental skills in the kitchen? I am excited to share this educational and informative cookbook called The Kitchen Classroom that was created to be used with a parent and their children. I was contacted by Gabrielle … [Read more...]

Vegan Tofu Pumpkin Muffins

Who could have thought that silken tofu can taste so good in a muffin? I bought some silken tofu to add to my morning smoothies but wanted to experiment with it in a baked good. To be honest, I was a little skeptical when blending all of the ingredients, but I decided to continue my experiment. When adding the applesauce, I decided it needed more … [Read more...]

Vegan Banana Muffins

Looking for a new vegan recipe? I have been experimenting lately with my vegan recipes. Since so many people out there have so many different diets and allergies, I think its important to share some recipes that can be easily modified for your taste or diet. The muffins are sweet and moist with a nice cinnamon taste to them. I added some oil and … [Read more...]

Vegan Chocolate Muffins

Are you vegan? Is your child vegan? Ran out of eggs? In either case, you would love these chocolate vegan muffins if you are craving something sweet with a hint of chocolate. These are similar to my vegan pancakes but I adjusted the recipe to make muffins. The recipe only yields 6 muffins but feel free to double for a dozen muffins. The muffins are … [Read more...]

Dairy Free Blueberry Chia Muffins

Are you or your child on a dairy free diet? The muffins are made using coconut milk yogurt and soy milk (almond milk can be substituted). The muffins are packed with goodness including chia seeds and an added boost of blueberries. They are moist, sweet and filling. They are made out of white whole wheat flour which has a more mild taste than whole … [Read more...]

Vegan Chocolate Pancakes for Two

Looking for a satisfying recipe that is vegan? Are you out of eggs? Either one of those options could be something that will inspire you to try this recipe. I have been playing around with dairy free and vegan recipes lately due to a change in diet with my own child. I am a big lover of dairy but not all people can tolerate it so that is why I find … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

' Looking for a good GF recipe for your little ones? These muffins have a nice texture and are super moist. The mini chips give them some extra sweetness. Make these into mini muffins for an easy snack or breakfast. Have your child help with the measuring and adding the chips. The base of the recipe can be used for all different types of muffins … [Read more...]

Nutley, the Nut-Free Squirrel

Is your child allergic to nuts?  Nutley, the Nut Free Squirrel by Stephanie Sorkin is an ideal book to read during mealtime in order to teach children about allergies and improving overall awareness of food allergies. Nutley the Nut Free Squirrel is story about a squirrel that is allergic to nuts! What will he do and how will his friends help … [Read more...]

Carrot Quinoa Muffins

The other day before work, I picked up a quinoa muffin from Grand Central Station. It looked dry but figured I would give it a shot. It was like tasting a cotton ball. I decided to try to make my own quinoa muffins but make them super moist and satisfying. If you add the right ingredients, your healthy muffins can be just as sweet and delicious … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Kefir Pancakes

Are you on a gluten free diet and have Kefir in the fridge? I have been making some significant progress with my gluten free baking and am happy to say that these pancakes came out super delicious. They were moist, sweet and filling. The pancakes were perfect with some maple syrup on top (and bacon on the side). The Kefir and applesauce made … [Read more...]

Overnight Nut Free Mondel Bread

I love chocolate chip mondel bread both for Passover or any day! Unfortunately, this recipe you will need to save for after Passover but I do have a great Mondel Bread recipe for Passover here. I wanted to make a nut free mondel bread that would be good for breakfast or a snack. It's also great for a holiday or family get together. Since it's an … [Read more...]

Puffin Biscotti

I decided to venture one morning into making one of my favorite cereals into a biscotti. Why? Well, I do love biscotti but wanted to make a healthier version by swapping the flours with half whole wheat, substituting canola oil with vegetable oil, adding puffins and then my own favorite flavors. The biscotti came out sweet, crumby and … [Read more...]

No More Cupcakes & Tummy Aches

No More Cupcakes & Tummy Aches is a wonderful book to help explain to a child what a gluten allergy is as well as the challenges that might accompany it. My children are not on a gluten free diet but by the end of this book, they both wanted to be gluten free! This book is well written and clearly describes the symptoms and emotions of having … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Pound Cake

I saw this Pound Cake recipe on the back of a Bob's Red Mill product. I figured, "Why not?". My daughter and I baked this recipe together one afternoon. The cake came out sweet, buttery and very satisfying. I wouldn't say it tastes exactly like standard pound cake but has its own unique flavor. What I really enjoyed about this bread was the … [Read more...]

Black Bean Brownies

Would you like to add some protein and fiber into a sweet treat? Try these black bean brownies. The brownies are sweet, moist, light and fudgy. I always try to add some nutritional goodness into whatever treat I am making. I got the original recipe here from Melissa d'Arabian. I adjusted the recipe a bit by using canola oil and applesauce (used a … [Read more...]

Overnight Kefir Muffins

I had some leftover Lowfat Plain Kefir in my fridge and wanted to use it. I love the health benefits of Kefir and wanted to incorporate it into a baked good. I recently made apple butter and had some diced plums on hand which I wanted to use as well. These muffins came out moist, sweet and absolutely delicious. The key to these muffins is to soak … [Read more...]

The Day I Met the Nuts

The Day I Met the Nuts is a story about a boy who is allergic to nuts.  He finds out that he is allergic to nuts when he eats "double chocolate muddy-nutty cake" at a birthday party. He immediately has a reaction and has to visit the doctor and get a shot and medicine. The book takes the reader through visiting the doctor, specific feelings that he … [Read more...]

Chocolate Cupcake with Fake out PB frosting

I made these cupcakes to satisfy a peanut butter craving I was having. Since my son is allergic to peanuts, I decided to use the fake out peanut butter in my frosting. My son and I went to Fairway and picked out chocolate sprinkles so we used them on top. I also wanted to make the cupcakes lower in fat since I do tend to bake a lot and wanted to … [Read more...]

Tastes like PB Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bread

I have been experimenting lately with the toasted soy spread. I am fascinated by the fact that I can't tell the difference between that spread and peanut butter. I was in the mood the other day to make a hearty oatmeal bread. I decided to make this bread and its sweet and satisfying. Its great by itself or toasted with jelly (for a PB & J feel) … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Sprinkle Brownie

I recently began experimenting with gluten free baking. The brownie is sweet, moist and has a nice consistency. The sprinkles add color and fun to the brownie. My kids and my husband ate these up! Here is the recipe: [tabs] [tab title="Ingredients"] 1 cup of unsalted butter 1 cup of sweetened cocoa 1.5 cups of sugar 2 teaspoons of vanilla … [Read more...]